The pernicious nature of fake news should reinvigorate Americans to take a harder look at where their information is coming from and how it’s being applied in Washington, Andrews said. While government officials can always be expected to spin, argue or exaggerate, operating on “purposeful falsehoods” is the first step toward tyranny. Andrews should know — his work with CBS News had him working across the globe, including stints in tyrannical nations.
While Andrews said that he, like many Americans, does not want to see the president fail, Trump’s at-times cavalier attitude toward the truth should be met with extreme apprehension. As such, Americans need to remain vigilant, educated and informed by legitimate news sources if they intend to hold Trump accountable.
Asked by a member of the crowd how to differentiate between real and fake news, Andrews responded that readers should always look to the source of the information. Information coming from a bylined reporter from an established publication brings with it a level of ethical, journalistic responsibility to be truthful.
“Read and reward the people who can be fired for getting it wrong,” Andrews said. “Start there.”